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Can I loose my 6 and 10 weeks old chicks?

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My 6 weeks old pullets were just fine. I relocated them from the brooder box into the shed. They were fine there for a week. Then I got 25 10 week old from a person who sold me them. I got them couple of days ago when the cold front kicked in. For 4 cold nights they were all together in a small shed. Yesterday I hear some whistling  noises out of my little 6 week old pullet. Today all 50 birds are sneezing and make whistling sounds. Two 10 weeks old have swollen eyes.  What is it? I never had this kind of thin before. Did I bring something into my flock? Could it be something to do with a bitterly cold weather? Will I loose all of them? What should I do? How to make them better and how to treat them? Please help!

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It sounds like you brought some chickens were may have been carriers of a respiratory disease such as mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG,)  or if there is a bad odor, even coryza. New chickens should always be quarantined for at least 30 days from healthy chickens, in case they show symptoms of illness. I would get some Tylan Soluble Powder for the water, or Tylan 50 injectable to give orally to your sick chickens. Dosage for a 6 week old would be around 1/4 ml twice a day by mouth for 5 days. If using the Tylan powder in the water, use 1 tsp per gallon of watere for 3-5 days. Oxygetracycline, Duramycin 10, or Gallimycin  can be used also. Don't treat chicks without symptoms, and separate the sick ones from healthy. Getting some of the chicks tested for what they have would be smart.

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Thank you very much for advice. Now it looks like all chicks are infected. I separated all my 25 6week old pullets from 25 10 weeks old I bought. Almost all making all kinds of noises. I think, I might brought something in to my flock  with the once I bought.


Edited by Olekushka123 - 1/21/16 at 5:01pm
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If you can contact your state vet or local extension agent, you could get them tested for MG. If one dies, preserve the body by refrigerating it, not freezing, and sending it or taking it in to the state vet for a necropsy or chicken autopsy.

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